• Jan 30, 2009
Click on the image above for a gallery of MetroKing's new taxi

Although the two events seemingly have nothing to do with each other, a new company called MetroKing has sprung up that hopes of manufacturing cabs in America just as former taxi maker Checker has filed for bankruptcy.

Starting with the underpinnings from a two-wheel drive Chevrolet Colorado Chassis Cab Work Truck, MetroKing replaces the pickup bed with a passenger compartment of its own design that features room for six occupants. The company points out that their design is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, being wheelchair accessible through a unique side access ramp. Interestingly, luggage rides alongside the driver on a dedicated tray, there is no passenger seating next to the driver. Thankfully, air conditioning is standard for the passenger compartment.

MetroKing offers its cab with either General Motors' 185-horsepower 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine or the larger 3.7L inline-five with 242-horsepower. In either case, both are mated to a standard four-speed automatic transmission.

We're not sure we care for the vehicle's London taxi-meets-cable-guy-truck aesthetics, but it's hard to argue with the potential versatility here. If nothing else, we like that the vehicle is built in the U.S. (Ford's Crown Victoria is built in Canada), and it has some nifty features, including a rear passenger compartment that can be removed as a single unit and refurbished for further use after its donor vehicle has been worn out. As veteran cab passengers, that sounds like a welcome development to us. Thanks for the tip, Michael!


[Source: MetroKing]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Horrid. Way too big for city use, lousy visibility, poor mileage because of weight, lots of etceteras.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the footprint doesnt appear to be any bigger than a Crown Vic. And it is probably smaller than anything else which is handicap accessible.

        And its gas mileage is also probably as good or better than anything else available in the US which is handicap accessible. (Yes...it would be nice if GM offered a two mode hybrid drivetrain)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I feel so sorry for the Colorado right now. That looks absolutely terrible.

      I don't... get the six-passenger carrying capacity. Isn't there a point where a vehicle ceases to be a taxi and becomes a shuttle or a regular bus? I mean, I know that the difference is that a bus goes on a fixed route whereas a taxi will take individual passengers wherever they ask to go, but in terms of size this is kind of pushing the whole taxi concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every taxicab in NYC should have electric battery powered capacity when stopped or traveling less than 10 MPH
      Pete Mobley
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it have siren and flashing lights, Looks like a ambulance
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's not April fools day, that's a joke , right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I found the limo for my wedding!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seeing as how this, um, thing started life as a body-on-frame truck, would the floor not be absurdly high? Not particularly wheelchair friendly... that's quite the ramp they're showing. Burn it. Drown it. Shred it. Whatever. Keep it off the street. I'll be sure to wave down the next available cab if this is my first option.

      What's wrong with a minivan for this application?

      I live in Chicago, and lately I've been seeing newer Scion Xb's used as taxis. Seems like a great idea. Any other interesting/unexpected taxis out there?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly! Why not make a U.S. version of the London Taxi instead?
      • 5 Years Ago
      seems to be the end result of a drunken encounter between a london cab and the truck
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, this or the Transit Connect? I think the Transit Connect will make an excellent cab and one that doesn't look as if it were assembled with duck tape and bubble gum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first domestically made cab since Checker? All the cabs I've ever been in have been Crow Vics made in Michigan...
        • 5 Years Ago
        seconded...

        i think the only time i've been in a taxi that WASN'T domestically made (whether a vic, a 300, an impala, or whatever) was in Vancouver... where all the taxis are either Corollas or Prii.
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually, the crown vic is made in canada, hoser
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs a warning sticker:
      "Looking at this vehicle may cause eye cancer!"
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